A woman who smelled Parkinson’s on her husband helped scientists develop a test to diagnose the disease

  • Elizabeth Quigley
  • BBC News, Scotland

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Joy first caught a whiff of Parkinson’s from her husband, who was diagnosed with the disease at age 45.

A Scottish woman who discovered she can detect Parkinson’s disease through her sense of smell has inspired scientists to develop a test that collects samples with a swab used to diagnose it.

A team of Manchester researchers has developed a new method of diagnosing the disease in three minutes.

But more studies are needed to validate the findings before the diagnostic test can be used by clinics or GPs.

The scientific work was inspired by Joy Milne, a retired nurse from Perth in central Scotland, United Kingdom.

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